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Tony Brown


Tony is a curator and member of the Trawlwoolway people.

Tony is a descendant of Manalargenna, a leader of the Trawlwoolway people. He was born on Flinders Island in 1957 but grew up on Cape Barren Island just off the north–eastern tip of Tasmania. From the age of twelve Tony attended high school in Launceston.

After leaving school Tony spent a number of years living and working on Cape Barren Island, Launceston and mainland Australia, before eventually moving to Hobart where he spent four years working for the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centres, Health Service.

In 1997 Tony gained a position at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) where he started as a Trainee curator, before working his way up to be Senior Curator of Indigenous Cultures, a position he currently holds.

Tony has a double major Arts Degree in History and Aboriginal Studies from the University of Tasmania.

Tony considers his biggest achievements at TMAG are the development of ningenneh tunapry the Tasmanian Aboriginal Gallery and the cultural revival of building Tasmanian Aboriginal bark canoes. Tony is currently working on two major TMAG Redevelopment projects.

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